Daltile, the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Foundation and Booz Allen Hamilton (BAH) partnered to host a Wellness Showcase at Booz Allen Hamilton's Innovation Center. Held on Tuesday, March 20, the event, inspired by the 2017 Daltile Interior Design Scholarship, Presented by the ASID Foundation, featured a panel of industry experts who discussed how user-centricity and health and wellness trends are revolutionizing interior design in the work environment. The event also honored the 2017 scholarship winner, Baileigh Petty from Utah State University, who received a $10,000 award for her winning design that reimagined the Booz Allen Innovation Center space.
“To celebrate the success of the scholarship competition and continue conversations about health and wellness in workplace design, we wanted to host this special event and welcome the community to the Innovation Center,” said Brinda Sen Gupta, deputy director of the Booz Allen Innovation Center. “We were excited to give guests a glimpse of the cutting-edge design we have implemented at the Innovation Center, and inspire the community to think about how they can incorporate wellness into future projects.”
The highlight of the event was a panel on wellness in workplace design moderated by Susan Wiggins, CAE, Hon. IDC, senior strategic advisor, ASID. The panel featured Susan Chung, Ph.D., senior associate, research, ASID; Mari Anne Randall, LEED AP, director of market innovation for the commercial sector, Daltile; Andy Yeh, LEED AP, principal, FOX Architects, and Booz Allen Hamilton’s Sen Gupta, LEED AP. The experts tackled a variety of topics including wellness in design, the future of sustainability and wellness, and how the industry is responding to this growing trend.
“Through the panel, we wanted to engage our guests to think about wellness in design and what this will mean for the industry moving forward,” said BJ Miller, FASID, CCIM, chair of the ASID Foundation. “The interior design industry is moving toward wellness and occupant health, and we wanted to provide a stage for the building and design community to explore the implications of this growing trend.”
The 2017 scholarship winner was also onsite for the festivities. Petty discussed her winning project with guests throughout the event. The contest, which challenged students to reimagine Booz Allen’s Innovation Center incorporating Fitwel standards, received entries from accredited colleges and universities from across the country.
“Due to the importance of employee health in today’s design, we want to educate the community about how tile inherently fits in with this trend, as it is free of harmful pollutants, and is an eco-friendly design option,” said Paij Thorn-Brooks, vice president of marketing for Dal-Tile Corporation. “The Daltile Interior Design Scholarship has been one of the key ways we have created awareness of the benefits of tile with the next generation of architects and designers. We were so excited to be part of the Wellness Design Showcase and have Baileigh attend to see her experience come full circle.”
To learn more about Booz Allen Hamilton and the Innovation Center, please visit www.boozallen.com. For more information about The ASID Foundation visit asidfoundation.org. For details about Daltile and its breadth of tile, natural stone, extra-large slab, and countertop products, visit www.daltile.com.
Daltile is the industry-leading brand of ceramic, porcelain, glass and metal tile as well as natural stone, large-format slab, and countertop products. Daltile products are distributed through over 250 company-owned sales service centers, stone slab yards and gallery design centers that service a robust network of trade customers. Dedicated to innovative product development and distinguished style, Daltile provides a rich palette of quality products created to inspire residential and commercial designs. For more information, visit daltile.com and follow Daltile on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
About the ASID Foundation
The American Society of Interior Designers Foundation (ASIDF) supports endeavors that capture and disseminate knowledge, encourage innovation, and benefit the health, safety, and welfare of the public through interior design research, scholarships, and education. ASID Foundation initiatives include Transform, an applied research grant program, and partnerships with The 1+ program and the National Building Museum. Learn more at asidfoundation.org.
The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) believes that design transforms lives. ASID serves the full range of the interior design profession and practice through the Society’s programs, networks, and advocacy. We thrive on the strength of cross-functional and interdisciplinary relationships among designers of all specialties, including workplace, healthcare, retail and hospitality, education, institutional, and residential. We lead interior designers in shared conversations around topics that matter: from evidence-based and human-centric design to social responsibility, well-being, and sustainability. We showcase the impact of design on the human experience and the value interior designers provide.
ASID was founded over 40 years ago when two organizations became one, but its legacy dates back to the early 1930s. As we celebrate nearly 85 years of industry leadership, we are leading the future of interior design, continuing to integrate the advantages of local connections with national reach, of small firms with big, and of the places we live with the places we work, play, and heal. Learn more at asid.org.
About Booz Allen Hamilton
For more than 100 years, business, government, and military leaders have turned to Booz Allen Hamilton to solve their most complex problems. They trust us to bring together the right minds: those who devote themselves to the challenge at hand, who speak with relentless candor, and who act with courage and character. They expect original solutions where there are no roadmaps. They rely on us because they know that—together—we will find the answers and change the world. We solve the most difficult management and technology problems through a combination of consulting, analytics, digital solutions, engineering, and cyber expertise. With global headquarters in McLean, Virginia, our firm employs more than 23,300 people and had revenue of $5.80 billion for the 12 months ended March 31, 2017. To learn more, visit BoozAllen.com. (NYSE: BAH)